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Posted 11/2/17 at 3:13 PM | Mark Ellis

100th Anniversary of Balfour Declaration: ‘Greatest political crime in history?’

Alfred Balfour and copy of the Declaration

By Mark Ellis

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, a statement released by the British government during World War I declaring their support for the establishment of a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine.

The Declaration was in the form of a letter dated November 2, 1917 from the U.K.’s Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Lord Rothschild, a leader of the British Jewish community.

The letter amplified popular support for the eventual creation of a State of Israel. Critics will say it led to the ongoing Israeli–Palestinian conflict, which has stymied resolution.

To mark the occasion, the staff at Palestine TV acted as if they were grieving, dressing in black. The Palestinian Authority said it was “the most horrible crime in the history of mankind” and “the first organized state-terror,” according to Palestinian Media Watch (PMW). FULL POST

Posted 10/31/17 at 4:20 PM | Mark Ellis

The new shingles vaccine NOT made using aborted fetal cells

By Mark Ellis

Many people may be surprised to learn that many common vaccines given to children and adults were developed using aborted fetal cell lines.

Vaccines for measles, mumps, and rubella, hepatitis A, polio, and shingles – among many others — all used aborted fetal cell lines in their development.

“Until now, people wanting to have protection from shingles have had to either use Merck’s aborted fetal version (Zostavax) or abstain entirely,” noted Debi Vinnedge, Executive Director at Children of God for Life.

Vinnedge is elated that a “morally produced” shingles vaccine has received FDA approval for licensing in the US.

Shingrix, made by Glaxo SmithKline (GSK), is produced using a yeast cell line, unlike Merck’s Zostavax, which used aborted fetal cell lines MRC-5 and WI-38.

The WI-38 fetal cell line came from a Swedish married couple that aborted their baby in 1962 because they felt they had too many children, according to Dr. S. Plotkin. The cell line used lung tissue from their aborted fetus of about 3 months gestational age. FULL POST

Posted 10/24/17 at 7:40 PM | Mark Ellis

Nigeria: Four British missionaries kidnapped

Shirley Donovan ministering in Nigeria

By Mark Ellis

Four Britons serving as medical missionaries in southern Nigeria have been kidnapped by a militant group.

A former general practitioner from Cambridge, David Donovan, and his wife Shirley, were taken from their home in a rural area of Delta State on October 13th, according to The Times.

The two other victims were identified by police only by their first names: “Alana” and “Tyan”.

The doctor and his wife, both 57, work with New Foundations, a Christian medical mission that provides help to remote villages in the Niger Delta.

They have served as missionaries for 14 years. In 2003 they launched a boat clinic serving isolated villages. Four years later they set up a health clinic in one of those villages where child mortality was high, according to The Times.

In the last two years they conducted 500 cataract operations, treated 16,000 patients, vaccinated 4,000 children and set up rain-harvesting systems in eight villages. They have also been providing Bible training. FULL POST

Posted 10/19/17 at 5:51 PM | Mark Ellis

Clayton Kershaw pitches for Jesus

Clayton Kershaw

By Mark Ellis

Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw is arguably the best pitcher in major league baseball today, having won three Cy Young Awards, the league’s MVP in 2014, and already tapped for seven all-star games. But there is something in his life even more important than baseball success – his faith in Jesus Christ.

Growing up in Dallas, playing Little League baseball, he faced an early personal challenge when his parents separated. “I was worried all the time. My parents got divorced when I was 10. I had so much anxiety,” he told I Am Second.

He attended church faithfully with his mom on Sunday, but he didn’t have a personal relationship with Jesus. In middle school, he went through confirmation at the Methodist Church.

It was in high school that he developed a deeper understanding of his faith. “It wasn’t one day,” he told the L.A. Times in 2010. “Christianity in itself means that you believe Jesus died on the cross for your sins. It wasn’t until high school that I was mature enough to understand what that meant and how I should live my life based on that.” FULL POST

Posted 10/17/17 at 6:35 PM | Mark Ellis

Kansas teen,15, escapes ISIS after five years in captivity

Kansas girl, 15, held by ISIS

By Mark Ellis

A Kansas girl taken by her father against her will to join ISIS in Syria has been freed after five years, and longs to rejoin her mother in the United States.

“I’m from Kansas and I’ve been in Syria for five years,” the young woman told CBS, which is withholding her identity because she is a minor.

Her father essentially kidnapped her. “My father didn’t tell us we were coming to Syria. When it was time to get out of the car and cross the border he was like, ‘You’re going to Syria.’

“It was a really big shock!” she told CBS.

Her father was later killed in the fighting, so she had to learn to survive on her own. She says she is a Muslim, but detests ISIS.

“We were prisoners. We were quiet. They said to shut up, stay in your house and have nothing to say. Be glad your head isn’t chopped off.” FULL POST

Posted 10/17/17 at 6:29 PM | Mark Ellis

Has the Bible really been changed?

Josh and Sean McDowell

By Mark Ellis

Popular culture is awash in theories about alleged changes to the Bible that have corrupted its message and undermined its validity.

“That is one of the big objections that have grown in the past decade or two due to the work of Bart Ehrman, who is one of the leading critics today,” says Sean McDowell, co-author with his father, Josh McDowell, of the new edition of Evidence that Demands a Verdict.

The apologetics classic, Evidence, has been updated three times since 1972, but the last effort was 1999 — nearly two decades ago. The recent updating project involved several dozen grad students, at least 12 leading scholars from around the world, and a team from Thomas Nelson publishers.

“This book has been impactful and we wanted to get it right,” Sean notes.

Some new issues tackled in the book include the claim that Christianity derived from pagan mystery religions, disputes about the historicity of the exodus, an examination of the martyrdom of the apostles, and the textual criticism raised by Bart Ehrman. FULL POST

Posted 10/16/17 at 8:00 PM | Mark Ellis

Little Richard: His ‘Tutti Frutti’ journey back to Jesus

Little Richard

By Mark Ellis

He was one of the most gifted and flamboyant pop stars of his era. But now the wild wigs, pancake makeup, and crazy costumes are gone. Little Richard has turned his back on rock and roll to pursue holiness in Christ during his final years.

“I believe that Jesus is coming soon,” he told Danny Shelton and Yvonne Lewis with Three Angels Broadcasting Network (3ABN) in a September interview.

Despite achieving the greatest fame the music world can offer, the 84-year-old legend has one regret. “If I had my life to do over again, I would be ‘Little Richard the Preacher,’ standing out on street corners,” declaring God’s Word.

In the course of a nearly two-hour interview, he could barely contain his zeal to preach, spontaneously breaking into sermonettes with the cadence of the best African American preachers of his generation.

Little Richard, born Richard Wayne Penniman, grew up poor in Macon, Georgia, the third of 12 children born to Leva Mae and Bud Penniman. FULL POST

Posted 10/3/17 at 4:03 PM | Mark Ellis

Elon Musk’s salvation plan for humanity

SpaceX
Elon Musk at Astronautical Conference

By Mark Ellis

SpaceX founder and Tesla co-founder Elon Musk is not pinning his hopes on God’s plan for a new Heaven and a new Earth.

He is offering an astonishing and remarkably detailed Plan B: to escape the confines of Earth before the apocalypse arrives, colonize Mars, and eventually move out to other planets and stellar bodies in the far reaches of our solar system.

Musk sees two paths diverging in the years ahead. “History is going to bifurcate along two directions: One path is we stay on Earth forever, and then there will be some eventual extinction event — I don’t have an immediate doomsday prophecy — but eventually…there will be some doomsday event,” he declared.

“The alternative is to become a space-faring civilization and a multi-planet species, which I hope you agree that is the right way to go.”

He delivered these remarks in a 63-minute talk, “Making Humans a Multi-planetary Species” before the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico on September 27th. FULL POST

Posted 9/28/17 at 4:14 PM | Mark Ellis

Playboy founder had “The Purpose Driven Life” in his bedroom

Hugh Hefner

By Mark Ellis

He dressed up porn and attempted to make it respectable, flaunted a hedonistic, licentious lifestyle, exploited and objectified women, and ensnared many men in sexual addiction.

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner passed to his eternal reward September 27th. He was 91.

Hefner was at the leading edge of the sexual revolution that swept through America and the world in the Sixties and Seventies, which upended Christian values and skewered societal norms.

Some Christians will be quick to say they know Hefner’s eternal destiny. If the immortal Dante’s depiction of hell is correct, Hefner may be in the infamous “second ring” of the Inferno – reserved for those overcome by lust.

Dante envisioned a place where the “bright, voluptuous sin” displayed in Hefner’s magazines and personified by his playboy lifestyle transmutes into “a howling darkness of helpless discomfort.”

In this circle, Dante found Semiramis, Dido, Cleopatra, Helen of Troy, Paris, Achilles, Tristan, and others overwhelmed by sexual love. Did Hugh Hefner join their ranks yesterday? FULL POST

Posted 9/27/17 at 2:54 PM | Mark Ellis

Head of World Jewish Congress still hoping for two-state solution

Ronald Lauder

By Mark Ellis

With ominous clouds surrounding Israel that seem like they may portend a storm, at least one prominent Jewish leader continues to promote a peace deal with the Palestinians that would elevate them to statehood.

“I believe deep in my bones that a two-state solution is still within reach,” Ronald Lauder, the head of the World Jewish Congress told the Jewish Voice.

Lauder is the former U.S. Ambassador to Austria and the youngest son of Estee Lauder. He is also known for his philanthropy in the Jewish world.

He feels a sense of urgency about such a deal, which imagines an independent State of Palestine alongside the State of Israel, west of the Jordan River. “It remains a vital national interest, not just for Israel, but for the Jewish people more broadly. Given current demographic trends, inaction is simply not an option,” he said. FULL POST

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